To say my Christian faith is unflappable would be untrue. It’s to the contrary. For even though I write devotions, engage in work on behalf of the poor in East Africa, and long for my confidence in Jesus Christ to be strong—often, too often, my faith is pathetically, embarrassingly weak. In the midst of personal hardships, I find it more natural to question God’s goodness than to trust in His sovereignty and bask in His love.
I’m not confessing anything new to God. His Word states that, whether or not I admit it, God knows how weak I am—how weak we all are (Psalm 136:23). He knows we are “only dust” (103:14). Our Creator understands that it’s easier to trust in what is “seen” than what is “unseen” (Hebrews 11:1-3), and that while our spirits may be willing, our bodies are weak (Matthew 26:41).
That’s why, in His great mercy, God sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, to give us the grace and strength we need to muster up faith in Jesus even in the darkest of trials (Romans 8:26). The Lord wants you and me to be made right with God through our faith and trust in Him. He also allows us to experience these faith- building things:
• Salvation (Luke 7:50)
• Healing (Mark 3:4; James 5:15)
• Righteousness (Romans 1:7; Galatians 3:24; Philippians 3:9)
• Growth with our brothers and sisters in the faith (Ephesians 4:16)
• Protection from the enemy (Psalm 136:24; Ephesians 6:16)
The apostle Paul wrote, “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17). Let’s strengthen our faith by relying on the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, other believers, and His “faithful love” that endures forever (Psalm 136:25-26).
In Luke 12:28, Jesus decries the lack of faith by those who claim to believe in Him. What reason does He give for the importance of a strong faith in God?
Talk with a Christian friend or two about the origin of their faith and what keeps it strong, even when circumstances threaten to make it weak. How have you grown in your faith this year?